Charlotte Hepburn

Pen, ink, pencil crayon and dried grasses and leaves on Waterford 425gsm rough paper

Darley

About

I am an artist, printmaker and illustrator originally from Manchester, currently based in Yorkshire, after 5 years in Oxford. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved drawing. As a child, I would sit and draw for hours and hours on end – and today very little has changed! I studied Illustration with Animation at the Manchester School of Art which allowed me to explore my love of drawing and image-making further. I particularly enjoy pen and ink illustrations as these pose unique challenges. Once the pen has made a mark on the page you can’t change it or erase it, unlike pencil which can be rubbed out. I also very much like the way the ink moves in an almost organic way on the paper; like a living creature that does what it wants.

The Den - Charlotte Hepburn

Charlotte Hepburn

Pen, ink, pencil crayon and dried grasses and leaves on Waterford 425gsm rough paper

Darley

About

I am an artist, printmaker and illustrator originally from Manchester, currently based in Yorkshire, after 5 years in Oxford. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved drawing. As a child, I would sit and draw for hours and hours on end – and today very little has changed! I studied Illustration with Animation at the Manchester School of Art which allowed me to explore my love of drawing and image-making further. I particularly enjoy pen and ink illustrations as these pose unique challenges. Once the pen has made a mark on the page you can’t change it or erase it, unlike pencil which can be rubbed out. I also very much like the way the ink moves in an almost organic way on the paper; like a living creature that does what it wants.

The Den - Charlotte Hepburn

My work

About my work

I created the ‘Home’ series to capture the feeling of comfort and safety you experience when you’re in your home. I imagined the animals experiencing the same feeling when they get back into their dens, warrens or nests. The images were also inspired by my enjoyment of the natural world and in particular my walks through woodlands – I like to imagine the various characters that inhabit the places I go walking.

I think this feeling of ‘homeliness’ is more important than ever in the current climate, at a time when the external world can be a scary and unfamiliar place, and we find ourselves spending more time in our home. Our homes are our sanctuaries (or at least they should be) and I wanted to represent that in my animal illustrations.

‘The Den’ – 59cm(h) x 56cm(w) (approx)
‘The Drey’ – 35cm(h) x 35cm(w) (approx)
‘The Hazel Nest’ – 26cm(h) x 26cm(w) (approx)
‘The Hedge’ – 38cm(h) x 38cm(w) (approx)
‘The Burrow’ – 43cm(h) x 43cm(w) (approx)
‘The Sett’ – 56cm(h) x 56cm(w) (approx)

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